Radiator Trouble Spoils Brandon McReynolds' Solid ARCA Series Debut at Salem Speedway SALEM, Ind. (April 12, 2010)- Brandon McReynolds' debut in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards was spoiled by radiator trouble that led...
Radiator Trouble Spoils Brandon McReynolds' Solid ARCA Series Debut at Salem Speedway
SALEM, Ind. (April 12, 2010)- Brandon McReynolds' debut in the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards was spoiled by radiator trouble that led to engine problems on lap 64 at Salem Speedway.
The Eddie Sharp Racing No. 6 team looked forward to the race after a solid showing in practice and qualifying. McReynolds completed his first laps at Salem Speedway early Saturday afternoon during practice, finishing 10th quickest with a best time of 17.715 seconds and speed of 112.786. Later Saturday afternoon, McReynolds qualified in the 14th position.
The presenting sponsor of the race, ApplianceZone.com, announced prior to the green flag that, in addition to sponsoring the No. 26 entry, they would provide sponsorship for McReynolds' car, as well as for the No. 17.
When the green flag dropped on the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 presented by ApplianceZone.com, McReynolds was ready to charge to the front. Eddie Sharp, team owner, also held the role of spotter for the 18-year-old driver.
A yellow flag waved on lap one after a stack up of cars caused debris on the track , and the No. 6 sustained minor damages to the left front fender from the debris. McReynolds continued to work hard through the field, reaching the 13th position by lap 9.
McReynolds and ESR teammate Craig Goess worked together in an effort to get through traffic. "In my first ARCA Racing Series start, I learned a lot from my teammate Craig Goess," said McReynolds. "I rode behind him for quite a few laps until he let me pass on the outside, and I fell in line. He had a great day finishing second, and I was happy to learn from him this weekend."
The No. 6 came into pit on lap 52 under yellow, but a pit incident caused causing ARCA officials to send McReynolds to the back of the lead-lap pack.
Both crew chief and spotter encouraged McReynolds to have patience and focus on passing cars one at a time. "After the pit stop, we had to drop to the back," McReynolds explained. "A caution came out soon after, and we started marching our way towards the front, like I predicted we would."
On lap 64, McReynolds' bad luck continued. "We got up into the No. 30 car of Terry Jones," said McReynolds. "I couldn't get past, and Eddie kept telling me to be patient as he continued to hold us up. He started to spin off turn two, and I got into him."
He immediately radioed that he could feel there was something wrong with the motor, as his crew chief told him to bring the No. 6 into the pits. After a quick inspection, the ESR crew determined that the car was beyond repair with a hole in the radiator and the engine overheated.
"It was disappointing to have to come in that early," said McReynolds. "I definitely think we had a top-three car, and I wish we could have seen how far our car would have gone. Overall, I am so happy with the whole experience, and I think all our expectations were exceeded during the laps I ran. I am so thankful to Eddie and my crew for their hard work this weekend."
McReynolds finished the race in 26th place, completing only 64 laps. His next ARCA Racing Series race will be the Talladega ARCA 250at Talladega Superspeedway on April 23rd.